Free en­try back to our past


Nottingham Post - - NEWS - By RACHEL GOR­MAN rachel.gor­man@reach­ @rae­gormo

TAKE a dip into some of the county’s his­tor­i­cal hid­den gems as part of this year’s Her­itage Open Days dou­ble week­end.

New venues for 2018 in Not­ting­hamshire in­clude the chance to tread the boards in Not­ting­ham at the Squire Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre and the op­por­tu­nity to chan­nel your in­ner cave­man (or woman) and make some flint tools (eat­ing woolly mam­moth is op­tional, prob­a­bly).

Many old favourites have made a re­turn to with the likes of the Not­ting­ham In­dus­trial Mu­seum and Bee­ston Her­itage Trail back on the list for the an­nual event tak­ing place be­tween Septem­ber 6-9 and 13-16.

With 94 lo­ca­tions to chose from there re­ally is some­thing for ev­ery­one and as ad­mis­sion is com­pletely free, time is your only limit. Take a look be­low for a few of our high­lights:


Squire Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre1-3 Ar­bore­tum St, Not­ting­ham NG1 4JB

Tread the boards with back­stage tours of this brand-new the­atre space. Vis­i­tors can take a look at the con­trol room, dress­ing rooms, and stage, and par­tic­i­pate in hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing light­ing and sound work­shops with the tech­ni­cians, or drama and dance per­for­mance classes.

Open­ing: Satur­day, Septem­ber 15: 10am-3pm

No book­ing re­quired

Ice Age Jour­neys: Flint-knap­ping Work­shop in Ne­wark Sconce and Devon Park, Bound­ary Road, Ne­wark, NG24 4AU

Go back to the Ice Age and have-a-go at mak­ing flint tools, like those ex­ca­vated in the lo­cal area. Led by a crafts­man flintk­nap­per, the work­shops will demon­strate the pre­his­toric tech­niques, as well show­cas­ing some of the real an­cient tools found nearby at Farn­don Fields.

Open­ing: Sun­day, Septem­ber 9: 10.30am-4pm

No book­ing re­quired

RE­TURN­ING FOR 2018 St Mary the Vir­gin Church, At­ten­bor­ough Church Lane, At­ten­bor­ough, Bee­ston, Not-

ting­hamshire, NG9 6AS

Check out the his­tory of this Grade I Listed build­ing with a look at the small ex­hi­bi­tion in­side along­side the guide book­lets avail­able for adults and chil­dren.

There is also memo­rial to those peo­ple killed in the First World War Chilwell Shell Ex­plo­sion in the church­yard and in a lucky turn of events this year a flower fes­ti­val will be tak­ing place at the same time.

Open­ing: Satur­day, Septem­ber 8: 10am-6pm; Sun­day, Septem­ber 9: 2.30pm-6pm

No book­ing re­quired

Bee­ston and Dis­trict Civic So­ci­ety Bar­tons plc, Bar­ton House, 61 High Road, Chilwell, NG9 4AJ

Take a look at what the so­ci­ety has been up to this year at this open day which in­cludes two dis­plays about their ac­tiv­i­ties in the com­mu­nity. Mem­bers of the so­ci­ety will also be on hand to an­swer any ques­tions about their role in the area.

Open­ing : Satur­day, Septem­ber 8: 10am-3.30pm

No book­ing re­quired

Bee­ston Con­ser­va­tive Club148 Sta­tion Road, Bee­ston, NG9 2AY

You may re­mem­ber the Sta­tion Road lo­ca­tion as the old Bo­s­tocks build­ing or per­haps as the Re­gent ball­room in the 1930s.

Well, while it has been com­pletely ren­o­vated, the club has been care­ful to re­tain the build­ing’s orig­i­nal fa­cade, in par­tic­u­lar the bay win­dow which dom­i­nated the front on the first floor with its stained glass. Now, for four days you can have a nosey in­side.

Open­ing: Thurs­day, Septem­ber 6 - Sun­day, Septem­ber 9: Noon2pm

Thurs­day, Septem­ber 13 - Sun­day, Septem­ber 16: Noon-2pm

No book­ing re­quired

Bee­ston Her­itage Trail Bee­ston Town Cen­tre, The Podium, Bee­ston Square, Bee­ston, NG9 1EF

This two-hour walk will be­gin and end in Bee­ston Square (meet at The Podium) and will pro­vide a brief in­tro­duc­tion to the his­tory of the town.

Be­gin­ning with an out­line of the struc­ture of the area, walk­ers will then cir­cle the cen­tre of Bee­ston to take in the re­main­ing mills, the High Road, new de­vel­op­ments ei­ther side of Sta­tion Road, and old Bee­ston be­fore re­turn­ing to the Square.

Sun­day, Septem­ber 16: 2.30pm5pm

No book­ing re­quired

Bee­ston Town Hall Fos­ter Av­enue, Bee­ston, NG9 1AE

The Town Hall is the Civic Cen­tre of Brox­towe. This year there will be old maps and mem­o­ra­bilia avail­able in the Old Coun­cil Cham­ber and it is hoped that guided tours will be avail­able by past may­ors.

This event will be opened by The Mayor of Brox­towe at 11am fol­lowed by a char­ity event where re­fresh­ments and cakes will be avail­able.

Open­ing: Fri­day, Septem­ber 7: 11am-2pm

No book­ing re­quired

Canal­side Her­itage Cen­tre Canal Cot­tages,, Canal­side, Bee­ston, Not­ting­hamshire, NG9 1LZ

Free en­try to the ex­hi­bi­tions, creative craft ac­tiv­i­ties for all ages and guided walks along the canal side with one of the cen­tre’s walk lead­ers.

Open­ing: Satur­day, Septem­ber 8: 10.30am-4.30pm

No book­ing re­quired

Christ Church in Chilwell, Col­lege Road, Chilwell, Bee­ston, Not­ting­hamshire, NG9 4AS

En­joy de­li­cious home made cakes and a cuppa while you browse the his­toric place of wor­ship that has been part of the Chilwell for more than 100 years.

Open­ing: Satur­day, Septem­ber 8: 8.30am-5pm

No book­ing re­quired

Clas­sic Car Drop In at Bar­tons, Bar­tons PLC, Bar­ton House, High Road, Chilwell, Bee­ston, Not­ting­hamshire, NG9 4AJ

Go back in time as you share with clas­sic car own­ers the ve­hi­cles they still use and en­joy to­day.

“Tell your chil­dren that this is the car you learned to drive in, or it was the car you went court­ing in,” say or­gan­is­ers.

If you have a clas­sic car you are wel­comed to come along and share it for as long or short a time as you wish.

Open­ing: Satur­day, Septem­ber 8: 10am-3.30pm

No book­ing re­quired

GH Hurt & Son Ltd: The Shawl Fac­tory 65 High Road, Chilwell, Bee­ston, NG9 4AJ

GH Hurt & Son is renowned for its knit­ted and hand-fin­ished scarves and shawls.

The com­pany was es­tab­lished in an old seed warehouse built in 1781, where it re­mains to this day.

Rare his­toric lace-knit­ting ma­chines will be in ac­tion and vis­i­tors are in­vited to have a go at hand-fin­ish­ing a shawl in the tra­di­tional Shet­land way.

Open­ing: Satur­day, Septem­ber 8: 9am-1pm

No book­ing re­quired

The Flintham Mu­seum, In­holms Road, Flintham, near Ne­wark, NG23 5LF

Visit a mu­seum which looks at ru­ral life through the eyes of a vil­lage shop­keeper. The theme for the mu­seum’s shop win­dow dis­plays for this year is Travel.

Take a jour­ney told through un­sold shop stock and ad­ver­tis­ing ma­te­rial with un­ex­pected hu­mour and quirky fea­tures.

Chil­dren’s quiz and leaflets avail­able for self-con­ducted walks around the vil­lage which is a con­ser­va­tion area. Teas and home­made cakes avail­able on site.

Open­ing: Sun­day, Septem­ber 9:

11am - 4pm

No book­ing re­quired

Be­hind the Scenes at the Palace The­atre, Ne­wark Ap­ple­ton Gate, Ne­wark, NG24 1JY

The Palace The­atre Ne­wark was built by lo­cal busi­ness woman Emily Blagg and opened in 1920.

Over the last 97 years many well known ac­tors and en­ter­tain­ers have been on the stage in­clud­ing Balder­ton­born Sir Don­ald Wolfit who played Shake­spearean roles here.

Now you have the chance to visit the back­stage ar­eas and stand on the stage in the same place as those per­form­ers who make the the­atre such an en­ter­tain­ing place to visit.

Open­ing: Sun­day, Septem­ber 9: 10am-4pm

No book­ing re­quired

Bee­ston Cam­era Club at Bar­tons

A dis­play from Bee­ston Cam­era Club mem­bers in both mono­chrome and colour, high­light­ing a whole range of sub­ject mat­ter in­clud­ing nat­u­ral his­tory, land­scapes, sport and por­traits.

Open­ing: Satur­day, Septem­ber 8: 10am - 4pm

No book­ing re­quired

Green’s Wind­mill and Sci­ence Cen­tre, Wind­mill Lane, NG2 4QB

Green’s Wind­mill is a re­stored 19th cen­tury tower mill, once home to math­e­mat­i­cal physi­cist Ge­orge Green. Turn­ing again since 1986, climb to the top of the wind­mill and see how the sails turn grain into flour. As part of Her­itage Open Days there will be an ex­hi­bi­tion de­tail­ing the mill’s his­tory and hid­den gems from the ar­chive in­clud­ing press cut­tings and pho­to­graphs.

Open­ing: Thurs­day, Septem­ber 6 - Sun­day, Septem­ber 9: 10am-4pm

Thurs­day, Septem­ber 13-Sun­day, Septem­ber 16: 10am-4pm

No book­ing re­quired

Home Farm Barn 17 Main Street, Key­worth, NG12 5AA

This Grade Ii-listed barn dates from the 17th cen­tury although most of the ex­ist­ing struc­ture is 18th and 19th cen­tury. It had be­come struc­tural un­safe in re­cent years so ex­ten­sive restora­tion work was car­ried out last win­ter.

Open­ing: Satur­day, Septem­ber 8: 10am-4pm

No book­ing re­quired

Not­ting­ham In­dus­trial Mu­seum Wol­la­ton Road, NG8 2AD

The vol­un­teer-run mu­seum, now a reg­is­tered char­ity, boasts a trea­sure trove of sto­ries and ob­jects from Not­ting­ham’s in­dus­trial her­itage.spend a cou­ple of hours learn­ing about the skills and in­ge­nu­ity of the work­ers and en­trepreneurs that put Not­ting­ham at the heart of the in­dus­trial rev­o­lu­tion.

Open­ing: Satur­day, Septem­ber 8 - Sun­day, Septem­ber 9: 11am - 5pm

No book­ing re­quired

■ For a full list of Not­ting­hamshire’s Her­itage Open Days visit: her­ita­geopen­

Not­ting­ham In­dus­trial Mu­seum

Trainee miller Leigh Evans at Green’s Wind­mill

The former Bar­ton bus de­pot in Chilwell

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